St Andrew’s supports World Alzheimer’s Month 2017

September 21, 2017

St Andrew’s Healthcare are proud to support World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign which aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, and often changes in mood, perception or behaviour. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia; it causes abnormal proteins to accumulate around brain cells, causing the cells themselves to die.

St Andrew’s cares for around 50 people with complex dementia at their Northampton site. Their patients are with them because they are presenting challenging behaviour, cognitive decline and limited or inappropriate social interaction. In addition, many patients have additional physical and mental health needs that require management. St Andrew’s provides safe, stimulating and highly specialised care to help support these patients and manage their conditions.

They are committed to understanding each individual’s needs in order to provide them with the best possible care, personalised to them. Within their Neuropsychiatry pathway, they provide a variety of specialist therapies which help their dementia patients to enjoy life, while managing their symptoms.

St Andrew’s encourages the use of positive strategies, and tries to engage patients in morale-boosting activities and positive discussions. They also use a variety of technology to comfort, challenge and relax their patients – in fact, a recent visit from the Care Quality Commission led inspectors to describe them as ‘Outstanding’ in this area.

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